The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Trooper George McMillan

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: George McMillan

Ancestor's date of birth: 30/01/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 31/05/1946

Cause of Death: Unknown

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Queensland his trade at enlistment was given as a mill hand and his next of kin was his father Samuel McMillan (Born in Scotland) and he lived in Charters Towers. George's mother died when he was 8 years old.

Service Number: 801

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: 1 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse (Qld)

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 13/01/1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: 524

Contingent: First Australian

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 18/02/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and SA 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Height 168 cm, weight 66 kg.

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown

Details of service in war: On 13 January 1902 George McMillan at 21 years would enlist in Brisbane, Queensland to fight with the 1st Australian Commonwealth Horse (Qld). He left Brisbane by rail on 26 January 1902; embarked on transport Custodian in Sydney on 18 February, 1902. He took part in driving operations in Western Transvaal which formed part of a force consisting of 13 columns under Lieutenant General Sir Ian Hamilton. The Boer War would end on 31 May 1902 and George would leave Durban aboard the "DRAYTON GRANGE" and arrive Brisbane on 13 August 1902. It would be a return journey that would outrage the public and be investigated by a Royal Commission because of the death of 17 returning soldiers from disease due to unsanitary conditions aboard ship. The North Queensland Register (Townsville) newspaper reported on 25 August 1902: "Brisbane 19 August 1902 - Troopers W. Armstrong and G. McMillan, who returned by the DRAYTON GRANGE, are at present inmates of the Brisbane Hospital. It is reported that they are suffering from pneumonia. Trooper MCMILLAN'S father resides at Charters Towers."

Service and life after the Boer War: In 1906 he married Magda Helene Borresen and would eventually move from Charters Towers to Brisbane.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Glenn Reimer, BRIDGEMAN DOWNS QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: 1st cousin 2x removed


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